Getting Creative with Cucumbers

cucumbers

We have an abundance of cucumbers this year.  Not sure what Tom was thinking when he started so many plants last spring.  I have been eating them every day in my salad for lunch.  I have been making cucumber infused water, more pickles then I could every possibly eat and even made a facial with some (which made a big mess).  We have been selling them in the farm stand and feeding them to the chickens, but we are still overwhelmed with them.  So I googled around trying to find something else to do with them.  I found a recipe for a cucumber cocktail.

Cucumber cocktail

Most of the cocktail recipes I found only use a slice or two of cucumber, but this one used quite a bit.  And it is actually tasty too.

Then I found a recipe for Cucumber and Smoked Salmon Sandwiches.  It is on Martha Stewart’s site (not somewhere I usually go).  So I made them for a snack today, with some modifications.

Cucumber and smoked salmon sandwichesThey were good.  Not very flavorful unless you got a piece of jalapeno, but they are certainly different then the endless salads I have been eating.  So I manage to consume several cucumbers today.  We will see how many grew today while I was using these ones.  Tomorrow I have plans for a large greek salad.

Below is just a photo of our cat Izzy in the sun this morning.

Izzy in morning sun

 

 

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Pressing Apples in the Sunshine

Mule with apples

Today we pressed apples except it was sunny and warm.  Usually when we press apples it is cold and stormy.  I typically am drenched  in rain, have numb hands from the cold and/or am waiting for a tree to fall on me in the wind.  This year all I had to worry about was getting sweaty and sunburnt.  This is because our apples are early this year thanks to our warm summer.

Tom and his pressI am not complaining.  Below is a shot of mother and daughter from this morning.  Can you tell they are related?Magpie and Mavis

 

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Moon

 

We did not see the aurora borealis last night, but we did see a pretty moon.

Moon

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